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Grounded

About

This season, we've shifted our perspective from the physical world to the natural. Grounded, our Spring 2020 Hair Color Collection, takes its cue from natural elements, delving into raw materials and harnessing their hues, textures and shapes to create a collection that breaks barriers and ignites the senses. The John Paul Mitchell Systems® Artistic Team created three bold looks inspired by familiar forms: stone, moss and wood. From steely grays to warm browns and fresh hints of green, the hair color palette—along with the accompanying haircuts and styles—reveals how nature can guide our imaginations, offering new ways to renew our routines and awaken our creativity.

Letter From
The Artist

As we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of John Paul Mitchell Systems® and our legacy of shaking it up and making a difference, I look back to where it all started in 1980. We set our standards high and have continued to raise the bar in the beauty industry and the world at large by putting People, Product and Planet first.

Working with people is what our team does best, from hairdresser to hairdresser or hairdresser to salon guest. We are made up of a dynamic group of artists who've developed adaptable color, cutting and styling techniques that inspire guests at every single visit.

Sustainability is the way of the future and nature is the foundation. In honor of sustainability and protecting our planet, we've taken three elements of nature—stone, moss and wood—to create this collection. Our Grounded collection showcases the many sides of nature, reflecting contrasts in texture through cut and style, and contrasts in appearance through tone and color. We also examine how these three elements work together and affect each other. For example, just like moss can grow on stone, texture can complement hair color in different ways.

We create beauty with a combination of product and technique. Expect the Grounded collection to influence your creativity in formulation at the Color Bar. Explore how every guest can walk away with a color service. Upgrade the customer experience and diversify your style routine behind the chair. Discover how styling products can influence your service.

We invite you to get Grounded in this new era and unearth more beauty than ever before.

Heather Ka'anoi

Heather Ka'anoi
Artistic Director

Artistic Team

Get to know the visionaries behind these bold looks.

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Stone

Colin Caruso &
Chelsea Shields

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Style

Jose Avila &
Noogie Thai

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Moss

Lucas Doney &
Santiago Reyes

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Wood

Heather Ka'anoi &
Kristy Varga

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Colin Caruso

John Paul Mitchell Systems®

Artistic Director of Professional Hair Color

In 2017, John Paul Mitchell Systems® proudly introduced Colin Caruso as Artistic Director of Professional Hair Color. Colin began coloring hair at only 12 years old as a way to express himself. The former teen skateboarder colored his friends' hair in his parents' basement, and later turned his passion into a career. As a member of the John Paul Mitchell Systems® family for more than 17 years, Colin has traveled the world as an International Platform Artist and Educator, and built the wildly successful Salon CARU, located in Hoboken, New Jersey.

@colincaruso

"One of the things I love about stones is they look one way when they're dry and another way when they're wet, so we're playing off that shine element as well."


"I thought about how a stone is a very strong shape, but if I hold the stone in my hand, it has a soft feel to it. I really wanted to incorporate that in my haircut-an element of softness with some layers."

Chelsea Shields

John Paul Mitchell Systems®

Artist & International Trainer

Chelsea Shields is an International Trainer and Artist for John Paul Mitchell Systems®, as well as the salon owner of Abstract Hair Artistry in Avondale, Arizona. Working 15 years behind the chair fulltime, Chelsea has built a booming clientele multiple times, opened her own salon, and fell in love with Paul Mitchell®. During her seven years on the education team, Chelsea has played a role in product launches, photo shoots, collections, trainings and hair shows. Chelsea's heartbeat is color, but she also has a passion for cutting, customer service and styling. Her goal is to leave a positive impact that inspires growth and empowers stylists, educators and salons. A few of her favorite things are her two daughters, art, music, traveling and food. Chelsea's career highlight was being an artist on the cutting team for The Gathering in Sardinia, Italy, and she hopes to meet new international friends and see new places in the future.

@abstracthairartistry

"I thought about how a stone is a very strong shape, but if I hold the stone in my hand, it has a soft feel to it. I really wanted to incorporate that in my haircut-an element of softness with some layers."

Heather Ka’anoi

John Paul Mitchell Systems®

Artistic Director

Heather Ka'anoi began her career with John Paul Mitchell Systems® in 2006, when she received a once-in-a-lifetime scholarship opportunity from Angus Mitchell to attend a Paul Mitchell School. After completing the cosmetology program, she became a stylist at a Paul Mitchell® Signature Salon before joining the education team at Paul Mitchell The School Costa Mesa. Once she experienced the life of an educator, Heather dove into the National Educator program for John Paul Mitchell Systems®, where she shared her passion for hair and Paul Mitchell® products in salon classes and workshops. It wasn't long before this path led her to become an International Educator for John Paul Mitchell Systems®. Traveling around the world alongside her mentors, industry legends and Artistic Directors for John Paul Mitchell Systems® has given Heather an advanced education in artistry, innovation and business strategy. She is the proud co-owner of Dead Endz in Costa Mesa, California, and Artistic Director for John Paul Mitchell Systems®.

@h_kaanoi

"As an artist, some of my strongest inspiration comes from nature. The haircut that I'm doing is taking the inspiration of different grains of wood."

"Nature inspires my creativity because there are so many different colors, so many different textures, and when you combine the different colors, tones and textures into a color technique, it really brings the hair to life."

Kristy Varga

John Paul Mitchell Systems®

Artist & Paul Mitchell® Advanced Education Team Lead Colorist

Kristy Varga began her career in the beauty industry after graduating from Paul Mitchell The School Costa Mesa in 2001. She assisted at the Richard Michael Salon for a year before becoming a fulltime stylist. She spent a total of ten years in the salon, with two as salon manager, before she felt a call to contribute to the growth of today's young hairstylists and decided to move into education. She is currently the Lead Colorist for the Paul Mitchell Schools Advanced Education team, where she leads a small team of advanced educators to train in color. She continues to teach in schools across the nation, and inspires stylists and learning leaders to find their passion.

@kristyvargahair

"Nature inspires my creativity because there are so many different colors, so many different textures, and when you combine the different colors, tones and textures into a color technique, it really brings the hair to life."

Lucas Doney

John Paul Mitchell Systems®

Artist & International Trainer

Lucas Doney is what we like to call homegrown, starting his journey as a student at Paul Mitchell The School Colorado Springs. Beginning as a Service Desk Leader while still working to finish the program, Lucas eventually moved back to his hometown of San Diego and joined a Paul Mitchell® Focus Salon, where he had the opportunity to attend an open audition and become a National Educator with a specialty in haircutting. After some time in the industry, he started a haircutting education program called Varsity, which is based on building hairdressers on fundamentals and a strong passion for haircutting. He currently resides and works in San Diego, when he's not traveling the world for education and relationship-building.

@lucasdoney

"Nature has a big influence on our creativity as artists. Our haircut was inspired by moss, and we're thinking about how moss can grow on something like a wall or on a tree or on rocks."

"I was inspired by the way that moss grows in a very organic, irregular way. We can translate that to different dimensions of color, and that's what we tried to implement in this technique."

Santiago Reyes

John Paul Mitchell Systems®

Artist

Santiago Reyes discovered the world of John Paul Mitchell Systems® in 2004 when a Paul Mitchell® educator came to teach at his beauty school. Santiago was fascinated with learning and hungry for more, which led him to enroll in additional classes. He accomplished his goals of becoming a loyal educator for John Paul Mitchell Systems® and a Paul Mitchell® Focus Salon owner of SR Studio Salon in Tijuana, Mexico. Santiago's true passion is sharing what he has learned throughout his career, including the tools for success from Paul Mitchell®. He believes that being in the beauty industry is not a job—it's a lifestyle, and he's so grateful for it.

@srstudio.santiagoreyes

"I was inspired by the way that moss grows in a very organic, irregular way. We can translate that to different dimensions of color, and that's what we tried to implement in this technique."

Noogie Thai

John Paul Mitchell Systems®

Editorial Director

Growing up in a traditional Chinese family, education was a top priority for Noogie Thai. After studying Social Ecology and managing education programs at his university, Noogie was looking for something more. He followed his passion for hair to a Paul Mitchell School and he hasn't looked back. With specialties focused on long hairstyling, editorial work and television, the Editorial Director has earned two Emmy nominations and a People's Choice Award.

@noogiethai

"I find so much inspiration in nature and it influences my creativity, from tangible elements like shape and color, to the intangible aspects like how it makes you feel and how you want to express that in your art."

Jose Avila

John Paul Mitchell Systems®

Artist & Paul Mitchell The School Learning Leader

Jose Avila graduated from Paul Mitchell The School Costa Mesa in 2012. Jose's love of long hairstyling, makeup artistry and Paul Mitchell® hair color landed him a position working in Beverly Hills, growing his passion for color and styling. Jose has been an Educator at Paul Mitchell The School Costa Mesa for five years and enjoys being a part of the Future Professionals' journey. The company has given Jose the opportunity to work with many of his mentors and other creative minds at trade shows, fashion shows and photo shoots. He loves to stay inspired and enjoys learning new ways to grow and share his knowledge with the beauty industry.

@jose__styles

The Looks

(Look 1)

Stone

With steely gray and silver tones and a strong shape, the Stone technique plays with the cool, sleek nature of beautiful river rock. Inspired by the way a stone's texture and finish change when it goes from dry to wet, the Artistic Team added dimensional shine and reflection to create
a sleek and timeless result.

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Stone
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Stone

Formulas

Artist: Colin Caruso

With steely gray and silver tones and a strong shape, the Stone technique plays with the cool, sleek nature of beautiful river rock. Inspired by the way a stone's texture and finish changes when it goes from dry to wet, the Artistic Team added dimensional shine and reflection to create a sleek and timeless result.

Starting level 10

Pro tip: Apply Paul Mitchell® Sculpting Foam and Awapuhi Moisture Mist® to help control sectioning in shorter hair.

Formula 1:

Color XG® 8PA (8/81) 1 oz. (30 g/ml) + 6AA (6/11) 1 oz. (30 g/ml) + 20 volume Paul Mitchell® Cream Developer 2 oz. (60 g/ml)

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Formula 2:

Color XG® 8AA (8/11) 1 oz. (30 g/ml) + Blue Intensifier pea size + 20 volume Paul Mitchell® Cream Developer 1 oz. (30 g/ml)

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Formula 3:

The Demi 8PA (8/81) 1 oz. (30 g/ml) + 3A (3/1) 0.5 oz. (15 g/ml) + Paul Mitchell® Processing Liquid 1.5 oz. (45 g/ml)

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Alternate Formulas

Want to achieve the Stone look using Paul Mitchell® the color? Try these formulas to achieve similar results with your favorite color line.

Formula 1:

Paul Mitchell® the color 8PN 1 oz. (30 g/ml) + 6CB 1 oz. (30g/ml) + 20 volume Paul Mitchell® Clear Developer 2 oz. (60 g/ml)

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Formula 2:

Paul Mitchell® the color 8A 1 oz. (30 g/ml) + 6 Blue Color Shots® + 20 volume Paul Mitchell® Clear Developer 1 oz. (30 g/ml)

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Formula 3:

Paul Mitchell® the color 7P 1 oz. (30 g/ml) + 6PN 0.25 oz. (7.5 g/ml) + 20 volume Paul Mitchell® Clear Developer 1.25 oz. (37.5 g/ml)

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Look1
Stone

Haircut Technique

Artist: Chelsea Shields

With steely gray and silver tones and a strong shape, the Stone technique plays with the cool, sleek nature of beautiful river rock. Inspired by the way a stone's texture and finish change when it goes from dry to wet, the Artistic Team added dimensional shine and reflection to create a sleek and timeless result.

Look1
Stone

Style Technique

Artist: Noogie Thai

With steely gray and silver tones and a strong shape, the Stone technique plays with the cool, sleek nature of beautiful river rock. Inspired by the way a stone's texture and finish change when it goes from dry to wet, the Artistic Team added dimensional shine and reflection to create a sleek and timeless result.

Look1
Stone

Behind
the Scenes

With steely gray and silver tones and a strong shape, the Stone technique plays with the cool, sleek nature of beautiful river rock. Inspired by the way a stone's texture and finish changes when it goes from dry to wet, the Artistic Team added dimensional shine and reflection to create a sleek and timeless result.

(Look 2)

Moss

Offering subtle hints of lush green undertones on a canvas of natural curls, the Moss technique evokes the flexibility and durability of this versatile plant, and also its rich beauty. The artists explored the contrast of soft moss blooming on hard wood, resulting in a verdant landscape of lush texture.

Look2
Moss
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Moss

Formulas

Artist: Santiago Reyes

Offering subtle hints of lush green undertones on a canvas of natural curls, the Moss technique evokes the flexibility and durability of this versatile plant, and also its rich beauty. The artists explored the contrast of soft moss blooming on hard wood, resulting in a verdant landscape of lush texture.

Phase One - Pre-Lighten

Formula 1:

Dual-Purpose Lightener 1 scoop + 20 volume Paul Mitchell® Cream Developer 1.75 oz. (50 g/ml)

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Phase Two - Moss

Formula 1:

Color XG® 7NN (7/00) 3 oz. (90 g/ml) + Green Intensifier 1 oz. (30 g/ml) + 20 volume Paul Mitchell® Cream Developer 4 oz. (120 g/ml)

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Formula 2:

Color XG® 8G (8/3) 0.5 oz. (15 g/ml) + 8C (8/34) 0.5 oz. (15 g/ml) + 10 volume Paul Mitchell® Cream Developer 1 oz. (30 g/ml)

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Formula 3:

The Demi 8MT (8/2) 1 oz. (30 g/ml) + 9MT (9/2) 1 oz. (30 g/ml) + Paul Mitchell® Processing Liquid 2 oz. (60 g/ml)

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Formula 4:

Color XG® 10G (10/3) 1 oz. (30 g/ml) + Gold Intensifier (/33) 2” + 10 volume Paul Mitchell® Cream Developer 1 oz. (30 g/ml)

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Alternate Formulas

Want to achieve the Moss look using Paul Mitchell® the color or The Demi? Try these formulas to achieve similar results with your favorite color lines.

Formula 1:

Paul Mitchell® the color 6NN 2 oz. (60 g/ml) + 3 Yellow Color Shots® + 3 Blue Color Shots® + 20 volume Paul Mitchell® Clear Developer 2 oz. (60 g/ml)

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Formula 2:

Paul Mitchell® the color 8G 0.5 oz. (15 g/ml) + 7OR 0.5 oz (15 g/ml) + 10 volume Paul Mitchell® Clear Developer 1 oz. (30 g/ml)

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Formula 3:

The Demi 8MT (8/2) 1 oz. (30 g/ml) + 9MT (9/2) 1 oz. (30 g/ml) + Paul Mitchell® Processing Liquid 2 oz. (60 g/ml)

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Formula 4:

Paul Mitchell® the color 10G 2 oz. (30 g/ml) + 3 Yellow Color Shots® + 3 Blue Color Shots® + 20 volume Paul Mitchell® Clear Developer 2 oz. (60g/ml)

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Look2
Moss

Haircut Technique

Artist: Lucas Doney

Offering subtle hints of lush green undertones on a canvas of natural curls, the Moss technique evokes the flexibility and durability of this versatile plant, and also its rich beauty. The artists explored the contrast of soft moss blooming on hard wood, resulting in a verdant landscape of lush texture.

Look2
Moss

Style Technique

Artist: Noogie Thai

Offering subtle hints of lush green undertones on a canvas of natural curls, the Moss technique evokes the flexibility and durability of this versatile plant, and also its rich beauty. The artists explored the contrast of soft moss blooming on hard wood, resulting in a verdant landscape of lush texture.

Look2
Moss

Behind
the Scenes

Offering subtle hints of lush green undertones on a canvas of natural curls, the Moss technique evokes the flexibility and durability of this versatile plant, and also its rich beauty. The artists explored the contrast of soft moss blooming on hard wood, resulting in a verdant landscape of lush texture.

(Look 3)

Wood

From the deepest mahogany to the lightest maple, few things compare to the depth and tonal complexity of natural wood. For this technique, the artists used cool brown tones on a long layered haircut to recreate the beautiful dimension found in wood grain. Choppy layers and varied brown tones add movement and richness to this head-turning look.

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Wood
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Wood

Formulas

Artist: Kristy Varga

From the deepest mahogany to the lightest maple, few things compare to the depth and tonal complexity of natural wood. For this technique, the artists used cool brown tones on a long layered haircut to recreate the beautiful dimension found in wood grain. Choppy layers and varied brown tones add movement and richness to this head-turning look.

Phase One

Formula 1:

Skylight® 1 scoop + 30 volume Paul Mitchell® Cream Developer 1.5 oz. (45 g/ml)

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Phase Two - Wood Stain

Formula 1:

The Demi 9A (9/1) 1 oz. (30 g/ml) + 6A (6/1) 0.5 oz. (15 g/ml) + 9PA (9/81) 0.5 oz. (15 g/ml) + Paul Mitchell® Processing Liquid 2 oz. (60 g/ml)

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Phase Three - Wood Grain

Formula 1:

Color XG® 6/A (6/1) 1 oz. (30 g/ml) + 10 volume Paul Mitchell® Cream Developer 1 oz. (30 g/ml)

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Formula 2:

Color XG® 7NB (7/07) 1 oz. (30 g/ml) + 9VG (9/63) 0.5 oz. (15 g/ml) + 10 volume Paul Mitchell® Cream Developer 1.5 oz. (45 g/ml)

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Formula 3:

The Demi 6BV (6/08) 0.5 oz. (15 g/ml) + 9BV (9/08) 1 oz. (30 g/ml) + Paul Mitchell® Processing Liquid 1.5 oz. (45 g/ml)

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Alternate Formulas

Looking to achieve the Wood look using Paul Mitchell® the color? Try these formulas to achieve similar results with your favorite color line.

Formula 1:

Paul Mitchell® the color 6PN 1.5 oz. (45 g/ml) + 20 volume Paul Mitchell® Clear Developer 1.5 oz. (45 g/ml)

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Formula 2:

Paul Mitchell® the color 7NB 1 oz. (30 g/ml) + 9G 0.25 oz. (7.5 g/ml) + 9P 0.25 (7.5 g/ml) + 20 volume Paul Mitchell® Clear Developer 1.5 oz. (45 g/ml)

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Formula 3:

Paul Mitchell® the color 7CB 1 oz. (30 g/ml) + 7P 0.5 oz. (15 g/ml) + 20 volume Paul Mitchell® Clear Developer 1.5 oz. (45 g/ml)

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Look3
Wood

Haircut Technique

Artist: Heather Ka'anoi

From the deepest mahogany to the lightest maple, few things compare to the depth and tonal complexity of natural wood. For this technique, the artists used cool brown tones on a long layered haircut to recreate the beautiful dimension found in wood grain. Choppy layers and varied brown tones add movement and richness to this head-turning look.

Look3
Wood

Style Technique

Artist: Noogie Thai

From the deepest mahogany to the lightest maple, few things compare to the depth and tonal complexity of natural wood. For this technique, the artists used cool brown tones on a long layered haircut to recreate the beautiful dimension found in wood grain. Choppy layers and varied brown tones add movement and richness to this head-turning look.

Look3
Wood

Behind
the Scenes

From the deepest mahogany to the lightest maple, few things compare to the depth and tonal complexity of natural wood. For this technique, the artists used cool brown tones on a long layered haircut to recreate the beautiful dimension found in wood grain. Choppy layers and varied brown tones add movement and richness to this head-turning look.

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